From Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher defied most pre-Oscar expectations when his Precious script won for best adapted screenplay — with his first nomination to boot.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards took place at the Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

Mo’Nique has won the Best Supporting Actress for the film “Precious”. Mo’Nique was the 16th African American actress to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The comedienne and actress shot to fame in the UPN series “The Parkers” while also making a name for herself as a comic on the stand-up circuit. […]

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Black people have long shared a fraught relationship with the Academy Awards.

From The Root: When Hattie McDaniel, the first African American ever nominated for an Academy Award, arrived at the Ambassador Hotel for the 1940 ceremony, she was seated at a table on the extreme periphery of the auditorium.

Lee Daniels’ film “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire” has been nominated for six Academy Awards.